## The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions"Like the original, Ian Stewart's commentary takes readers on a strange and wonderful journey. With clarity and wit, Stewart illuminates Abbott's numerous Victorian references, weaves in little known biographical information about Abbott and his intellectual circle - elucidating Abbott's remarkable connections to H. G. Wells and the mathematician George Boole - and traced the scientific evolution of geometric forms and dimensions." "In addition, Stewart provides an extensive bibliography of Abbott's work and that of Charles Howard Hinton, whose wild but ingenious speculations about the fourth dimension undoubtedly inspired Abbott's fable."--BOOK JACKET. |

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### Contents

THE ANNOTATED FLATLAND | 1 |

Introduction by illiam Garnett | 9 |

Preface to the Second and Revised Edition 1884 bythe Editor | 21 |

29 | |

Of the Nature of Flatland | 33 |

Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland | 38 |

Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland | 43 |

Concerning the Women | 49 |

Of the Suppression of the Chromatic Sedition | 90 |

Concerning our Priests | 97 |

Of the Doctrine of our Priests | 101 |

OTHER K ORl DS | 111 |

How I had a Vision of Lineland | 113 |

How I vainly tried to explain the nature of Flatland | 121 |

of Flatland1 | 125 |

Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland | 129 |

Of our Methods of Recognizing one another | 57 |

Of Recognition by Sight | 65 |

Concerning Irregular Figures | 73 |

Of the Ancient Practice of Painting | 79 |

Of the Universal Colour Bill | 84 |

Of the Universal Colour Bill | 88 |

How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland | 136 |

How the Sphere having in vain tried words resorted to deeds | 149 |

In the first edition this is 14 How in my Vision I endeavoured to explain the nature of Ratland but could not | 165 |

The Fourth Dimension in Mathematics | 203 |

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